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In today’s news: Meet the Typewriter Orchestra! After protest Colston Hall was renamed, and a Simpsons moment became true. A new program for the UIMF, and 20 million € for the Berlin Philharmonics. Principal director Firmbach prolonges his contract in Oldenbach. The Menuhin Competition‘ 2018 will take place in Switzerland for the first time, and famed venezuelan Conductor Dudamel urges politicians to solve crisis democratically.

ENO

ENO’s 2017/18 Season at a glance

For those of you who’d like to see our next season at a glance, this page is an overview of the productions we have coming up in 2017/18.

NW Evening Mail

Ulverston International Music Festival returns with ‘exciting’ programme

The 14th Ulverston International Music Festival takes place this summer, once again welcoming a varied array of musicians and performances from around the world.

The Violin Channel

Meet … The Boston Typewriter Orchestra

Formed in 2004, the six-man ensemble performs a wide range of covers and original songs from the ‘click’, ‘clack’, ‘ding’ of nostalgic mechanical typewriters

Classic FM

The London Symphony Orchestra and Cypress Hill might actually make THAT Simpsons moment come true

The LSO and hip-hop pioneers Cypress Hill have been talking on Twitter about a particular moment from The Simpsons, and now they might be actually collaborating.

The Guardian

Bristol’s Colston Hall to drop name of slave trader after protests

Concert venue that hosted the Beatles, David Bowie and Bob Dylan will reopen with a new name following refurbishment.

Classical Music Magazine

Max Richter becomes Decca Publishing’s first client

Max Richter has signed a long-term, global publishing deal with Decca Publishing.

Berliner Zeitung

Millionen für Berlin – Am 8. Mai wird der Hauptstadtkulturvertrag unterschrieben

Drei Millionen Euro – das ist die Summe, um die sich ab 2018 die Zuschüsse für die Berliner Philharmoniker erhöhen, auf dann 20 Millionen Euro im Jahr.

Concerti

Fünf weitere Jubeljahre für Oldenburg

Generalintendant Christian Firmbach verlängert seinen Vertrag in Oldenburg und bleibt demnach bis 2024.

Musik heute

Alfred-Brendel-Hommage im Konzerthaus Berlin

Das Konzerthaus Berlin würdigt den Pianisten Alfred Brendel vom (heutigen) Donnerstag an mit einer Hommage.

Broadway world

Joshua Bell, Renee Fleming & Pilobolus to Launch 10th Annual World Science Festival in NYC

The World Science Festival will culminate its groundbreaking first decade by bringing science to the crossroads of the world, Times Square, and to locations across New York City’s five boroughs, with more than 50 events, May 30 – June 4, 2017.

Telesur

Famed Venezuelan Conductor Dudamel Urges Politicians to Solve Crisis Democratically

Dudamel’s video message to politicians marks the first time the famed musician has spoken out on the current political situation in Venezuela.

Pizzicato

‘Menuhin Competition’ findet 2018 in Genf statt

Der internationale Violinwettbewerb ‘Menuhin Competition’ findet vom 12. bis zum 22. April 2018 in Genf statt. Damit ist der Wettbewerb, der alle zwei Jahre in einer anderen Stadt ausgetragen wird, zum ersten Mal zu Gast in der Schweiz.

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17 The best classical music for spring 🌱🌷🌸🐥

22 Jazz guitarist is celebrated for his “warm toned lyricism” and “impressive command” – listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V9XxCnkoFw

 

The Violin Channel

(Written on April 27, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: Roman Totenberg’s stolen Stradivarius is reintroduced by Mira Wang, and PRS for Music celebrates the first birthday of its Member Anti-Piracy System. Duelling’ violin brothers Vladimir & Anton discuss the lost art of classical improvisation. Researchers have found that accelerometers in smart devices can be hacked using sound waves. Are non-profits a sustainable system for classical music?

The Times 

Conductor more minor than Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim first conducted an orchestra at the age of 12 while Sir Simon Rattle was 13.

Rhinegold

PRS for Music announces anti-piracy successes

PRS for Music is celebrating the first birthday of its Member Anti-Piracy System (MAPS), which allows music creators to remove their repertoire from unlicensed online services and platforms.

Robert Murray withdraws from ENO’s Partenope

Robert Murray has withdrawn from ENO’s production of Partenope following a fall. He is suffering from severe concussion and has been advised to rest as far as possible.

Cmuse

Harness the Power of Classical Music: Five Reasons Why Classical Music should be on your Playlist

Classical music is powerful, and that’s no secret. May it be playing the piano, a Cremona violin perhaps, or cello amongst others, there’s always a certain beauty in putting together a beautiful piece and making a whole music out of it.

Pizzicato

Plagiatsvorwurf gegen designierten Wiener Staatsopernchef

Bogdan Roscic, dem designierten Intendant der Wiener Staatsoper wird vorgeworfen, sich in einer Arbeit über Theodor Adorno, mit der er 1988 in Wien promovierte, des Plagiats schuldig gemacht zu haben.

Music Business Worldwide

Deezer strikes major partnership with french retailer FNAC

Interesting news out of France: The market’s No.1 physical music retailer, FNAC, is getting into bed with its No.1 streaming music provider, Deezer.

Classic FM

How do you memorise music?

The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra first played a piece of music from memory in 2010. It was Grieg’s five-part Holberg Suite. And while it was normal to see soloists performing from memory, it was something else to see a whole orchestra without music.

Musicalchairs

Is nonprofit the best way to do classical music?

Is non-profit status a good thing for classical music? It’s the standard model in the United States, but does that mean it’s the best model?

The Guardian 

The Damnation of Faust review – Liverpool Phil moves from loftiest speculation to the lowliest taverns

Berlioz’s “dramatic legend” eludes any single genre – is it a philosophical oratorio? An opera of the imagination? A macabre, metaphysical satire featuring lowbrow songs about fleas and a eulogy to a dead rat?

The Strad

Whatever happened to improvisation in classical music?

‘Duelling’ violin brothers Vladimir & Anton grew up surrounded by Romani music and use a variety of Romani techniques in their performances – including writing their own variations and cadenzas. Here they discuss the lost art of classical improvisation.

The New York Times

Misha Mengelberg, Bold and Spirited Jazz Pianist, Dies at 81

Misha Mengelberg, a Dutch pianist and composer who approached the jazz tradition with an adventurous spirit and an antic sense of humor, died on March 3 in Amsterdam. He was 81.

The Washington Post 

Roman Totenberg’s stolen Stradivarius was once lost forever. Now, it plays again.

No two Strads are alike, they say, but the violin that Mira Wang reintroduced to the world Monday night is truly special. It was gone for decades, stolen after a concert in 1980, and its owner, Roman Totenberg, died in 2012 thinking it would never be seen again.

Pitchfork

Music Can Be Used to Hack Phones, Computers, and Cars, New Research Shows

“It’s like the opera singer who hits the note to break a wine glass, only in our case, we can spell out words.”

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Sound and Music Watch “The Iris Murder” an award winning new chamber opera by Alasdair Nicolson and librettist John Gallas. https://t.co/DsIvOw2Iu0

Classical Music News CD Spotlight. Brilliantly Performed
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(Written on March 15, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, in order to break the bottleneck on the top of the charts caused by the inclusion of streaming datas, The Official Chart Company is changing the way it calculates to reflect the rise in music streaming. Academy of Ancient Music is collaborating with Mid Wales Opera and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on MWO’s tour in Wales. The Royal Northern College of Music has announced partnership with Zhejiang Conservatory of Music in Hangzhou, China. English National Opera finished its financial year with a surplus of £308,000. Also, read about the Stradivari violins, the mystery that even Sherlock Holmes failed to solve.

BBC News

Chart company changes formula to reflect rise in streaming

The Official Chart Company is changing the way it calculates the Top 40 to reflect the rise in streaming.

Early Music Today Magazine

Academy of Ancient Music to collaborate with RWCMD and Mid Wales Opera

Mid Wales Opera’s second co-production with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is to tour Wales in association with the Academy of Ancient Music.

Music Teacher Magazine

RNCM announces partnership with Zhejiang Conservatory of Music

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has announced a partnership with the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music (ZJCM).

Opera Now Magazine

English National Opera reports 75% capacity for 2015/16

English National Opera ended the 2015/16 financial year with a surplus of £308,000, the company’s annual review has revealed.

The Times

Stradivari’s secret could be a drop of fungicide

Even Sherlock Holmes himself couldn’t solve the mystery of Stradivari violins. Florian Leonhard says that Stradivari is still way ahead of his modern rivals and researchers believe an ancient fungicide may be the secret of the violins’ unique acoustics.

Der Tagesspiegel

Deutsche Theater- und Orchesterlandschaft soll Welterbe werden

Deutschland hat seine Theater- und Orchesterlandschaft für die internationale Unesco-Liste des Immateriellen Kulturerbes nominiert. Deutschland verfüge über die weltweit höchste Theaterdichte, hieß es dazu. Die Orchesterdichte zähle zu den höchsten der Welt.

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ECHO 2017: Verleihung des Musikpreises des Bundesverbandes der Musikindustrie wird im nächsten Jahr neu gestaltet

Die Neuausrichtung wird sowohl den Aufbau der Sendung als auch die Rolle der Jury betreffen und darüber hinaus eine inhaltliche Überarbeitung der Regularien einschließen.

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Alvis Hermanis inszeniert nicht in Bayreuth

Der lettische Regisseur hat sich aus den Verhandlungen mit den Bayreuther Festspielen zurückgezogen. Hermanis war für den “Lohengrin” 2018 im Gespräch gewesen. Hermanis ist wegen seiner Aussagen zur Flüchtlingspolitik umstritten.

Codex Flores

Haimor Chef der Württembergischen Philharmonie Reutlingen

Die Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen (WPR) hat mit dem Amerikaner Fawzi Haimor einen neuen Chefdirigenten. Er tritt sein Amt zum Spielzeitbeginn 2017/18 an.

WELT

Die unterkühlte Monarchin der Oper steigt vom Thron

Renée Fleming ist eine der größten Sängerinnen der Welt. Sie trat in der Sesamstraße auf, beim Super Bowl, sogar ein Dessert ist nach ihr benannt. Nun plant sie ihren Abschied. Es wird Zeit.

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Cmuse.org @cmuseorg Boy battling #leukemia gets chance to conduct symphony #orchestra http://www.cmuse.org/7-year-old-boy-battling-leukemia-gets-chance-to-conduct-orchestra/ … #music

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Breaking: Andrea Bocelli pulls out of Trump inauguration http://dlvr.it/MwdgSz #ClassicalMusic

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUK Learn how we’ve supported artists this year through our Creative Programme. RT & share the word

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Photo: Zhejiang Conservatory of Music/ 浙江音乐学院

(Written on December 20, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, German government has announced a budget of €27 million for a year of celebrations to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. English National Opera has announced the postponement of The Mikado performance in Blackpool, which is now scheduled for 2018. In addition, read about the reality that American orchestras are now facing.

Opera Now Magazine

ENO postpones Blackpool Mikado

English National Opera has announced that its performances of The Mikado in Blackpool have been postponed.

CMUSE

German government to spend €27 million to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday

The German government announced a budget of €27 million last week for a year of celebrations to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

The New York Times

It’s Official: Many Orchestras Are Now Charities

There is a stark reality increasingly facing American orchestras: They are now charities, relying more, on average, on philanthropy than on the ticket sales that used to buttress them.

For Composer Lei Liang, Technology Brings a Different Transcendence

On Sunday afternoon, the composer Lei Liang looked on silently as the ensemble Loadbang made its second pass through his “Lakescape V.”

The Huffington Post

From Bach To Beyoncé: Is Classical Music Dead?

Many critics and skeptics have made the bold claim that classical music is dead. It’s true that classical music isn’t what it used to be — but neither is music in general.

Classical Music Magazine

Welsh arts organisations to mark Russian Revolution centenary

Arts organisations across Wales will present a season of performances and events throughout 2017 to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Thorsten Seif, Mitinhaber und einer der Geschäftsführer des Musikverlags Tod’s & Fred’s sagt, der Urteil zur GEMA sei “eine falsche Entscheidung”

Thorsten Seif, Mitinhaber und einer der Geschäftsführer des Musikverlags “Tod’s & Fred’s”, sagt, das Gerichtsurteil entspreche nicht der “Praxis, wie gearbeitet” werde: “Es spiegelt eben gar nicht die Konstellation wider, wie es in der Realität aussieht in diesem Gefüge Musikverlag, GEMA, Urheber. Deshalb finde ich das eine falsche Entscheidung.”

Klassik.com

Placido Domingo wird Ehrenmitglied der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien

Placido Domingo hat von der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien eine Auszeichnung als Ehrenmitglied erhalten. Damit honoriert die Ausbildungsinstitution Domingos vielfältige Tätigkeit als Sänger, Dirigent, Operndirektor, Mentor und Gründer des Gesangswettbewerbs Operalia.

Musik Heute

Urteil im Bayreuther Wagner-Prozess verschoben

Das Ringen um die Macht auf dem Grünen Hügel in Bayreuth zieht sich hin. Im Zivilverfahren am Landgericht Bayreuth um den Pachtvertrag des Festspielhauses laufen derzeit noch immer Verhandlungen um einen Vergleich. Zunächst wollte das Gericht am 17. November ein Urteil verkünden. Der Termin sei aber auf den 15. Dezember verschoben worden, sagte ein Sprecher am Dienstag. “Es besteht noch die Möglichkeit, dass sich die Parteien einig werden.”

Music News Italy

Elvis Presley: nuovo documentario in arrivo

La vita di Elvis Presley verrà presto raccontata attraverso un documentario con fatti e immagini del tutto inedite. HBO, in collaborazione con la Presley Estate, produrrà un’opera che narrerà molti aneddoti sulla leggenda del rock, dalla nascita fino alle ultime sessioni di registrazione.

France Musique

Disparition du musicien de blues et de jazz Mose Allison

Le pianiste américain Mose Allison est décédé mardi 15 novembre à l’âge de 89 ans dans le sud des Etats-Unis. Egalement chanteur et compositeur, on le surnommait le « William Faulkner du jazz ».

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The Economist @TheEconomist How do you get people to listen to classical music in a profoundly non-classical age? From the archive http://econ.st/2f0YtZv

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Economic ear: how much has the UK government spent on the arts since the end of world war two? http://ow.ly/J9KE306bBxQ

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Yo Yo Ma mourns his role model http://dlvr.it/Mgd574 #ClassicalMusic

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(Written on November 16, 2016 )

Classical News

Today’s news, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has reached an agreement and announces its new 6-year contract with its musicians. Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Chorus is looking to recruit new members. Also, English National Opera has announced changes to its board and governance.


The Buffalo News

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra announces 6-year contract with musicians

Good news announced Saturday at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s season-opening concert in Kleinhans Music Hall. BPO musicians have reached an agreement with the orchestra’s management on a new six-year contract.

The Wall Street Journal
R.E.M.’s Mike Mills Blends Classical and Rock on Upcoming Album

R.E.M.’s Mike Mills spent decades performing in front of millions, but it’s his latest work that makes him nervous. This past June, the bassist and keyboard player premiered a new piece of music, “Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra” with the Toronto symphony.

Classical Music Magazine

Alison Willis wins London Concord Singers composition competition

Alison Willis has won the London Concord Singers‘ 50th anniversary composition competition.

Young People’s Chorus of NYC appoints first composer-in-residence

The Young People’s Chorus of NYC (YPC) has appointed Michael Gordon as its inaugural composer-in-residence. The three-year position will see Gordon compose at least one new work inspired by New York City each season, give workshops and masterclasses, and serve on a committee as an artistic adviser.

RSNO Chorus seeks new members

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Chorus is recruiting for new members. Formerly the Glasgow Choral Union, the Chorus is Scotland’s oldest choir still in operation and in 2018 will celebrate its 175th anniversary.

ENO announces board changes

English National Opera has announced changes to its board and governance. Patti White, Patty Dimond and Phil Edgar-Jones have replaced Glyn Barker, David Buchler, and David Harrell (stepping down following seven, nine and nine years of service respectively) on the ENO board.

The Irish Times

Musician misses home but story ends on a positive note

Marja Gaynor loves the spontaneity of Irish musicians. In her native Finland musical gatherings are pre-planned, the violinist says.

New York Post
City’s first orchestra music charter school to open in 2017

In a development that is sure to be music to the ears of city parents, a new, orchestral-themed charter school is scheduled to open in upper Manhattan next fall — the first of its kind in the Big Apple.

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Thomas E. Bauer wird Intendant der Festspiele Europäische Wochen

Der Bariton und Kulturmanager Thomas E. Bauer ist zum neuen Intendanten der Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau berufen worden.

Klassik heute

Piano Days in Hamburg – Klangerlebnisse mit neuester Hybridtechnologie

Klavierspielen ist schwer, teuer und nur etwas für Klassikfans? Mit diesem Klischee möchte CASIO aufräumen und ruft erstmals die CASIO Piano Days ins Leben.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wo die Freie Szene in Berlin zuhause ist

Berliner Off-Zentrale: Die Sophiensæle sind seit 20 Jahren der Flagship-Store des Freien Theaters und Tanzes.

Twitter

Speakeasy @WSJspeakeasy R.E.M.’s Mike Mills blends rock and classical music on upcoming album: http://on.wsj.com/2cCw3TF

BBC Philharmonic @BBCPhilharmonic “Classical Music is more relevant to the future” – an oldie but a goodie from Paul Morley in @Guardian

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Two weeks until @CityMusicF‘s @RhinegoldLive! Don’t miss out – reserve your free ticket now

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Photo by: Mark Hamilton (RSNO Chorus Director, Gregory Batsleer)

(Written on September 20, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Murray Perahia left CBS and Sony Classical and signs with DG, musicians of Philadelphia Orchestra are negotiating their contract to regain raises in salary, South African Tenor Johan Botha passed away at the age of 51. Also, applications for international flute and clarinet competition in Romania is now opened.

The Inquirer

Musicians: Philadelphia Orchestra management’s initial offer is ‘regressive’

Musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra are negotiating to regain their place as among the highest-paid members of U.S. orchestras, while management has offered minimal raises in talks over a new contract.

CMUSE

Applications open for international flute and clarinet competition in Romania

The 16th Gheorghe Dima International Music Competition for flute and clarinet is scheduled to take place from 9 to 15 July, 2017, in Cluj, Romania.

Rhinegold Publishing

Murray Perahia signs to DG after 43 years with CBS and Sony

Murray Perahia has signed a recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon, thus ending a 43-year partnership with with CBS and its later incarnation, Sony Classical.

Tenor Johan Botha dies aged 51

South African tenor Johan Botha died on the morning of 8 September after a period of illness.

nmz

Cottbus/Berlin: „Kulturzug“ rollt mindestens noch bis ins nächste Jahr

Der beliebte Sonderzug von Berlin nach Breslau wird bis zum 8. Januar verlängert. Der „Kulturzug“ war zum Kulturhauptstadt-Jahr 2016 in Breslau eingeführt worden und bei den Fahrgästen auf große Nachfrage gestoßen.

klassik.com

Tenor Johan Botha ist tot

Der südafrikanisch-österreichische Tenor Johan Botha ist tot. Er starb nach langer Krankheit im Alter von 51 Jahren in Wien.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Wie Streaming Musik verändert

Streaming ist längst der wichtigste Verbreitungsweg von Musik. Aber was macht das eigentlich mit der Musik selbst? #31s ist das Ergebnis eines Experiments und Beitrag zur Debatte um Streaming in der Musikindustrie.

Twitter

BBC Philharmonic @BBCPhilharmonic These “11 obstacles to liking classical music” are an interesting read. This might change a few opinions…? http://bddy.me/2cyGGFz

New York Time Arts @nytimesarts The Lucerne Festival, an important part of the classical music ecosystem, is being forced to reinvent itself.

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ As ‘Official Piano Partner’ Yamaha has become the exclusive supplier of pianos to ENO

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Photograph: Tom Gralish

(Written on September 9, 2016 )

Classical News

Yamaha has been appointed as the Official Piano Partner of English National Opera, the Rolston String Quartet takes top prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition & Czech musicians bring classical music concerts to cafés. Also, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike.

Classical Music Magazine

Yamaha becomes ENO’s Official Piano Partner

Yamaha has been appointed as the Official Piano Partner of English National Opera in London, making Yamaha the exclusive supplier of pianos to ENO. The partnership sees ENO become the first opera company to use Yamaha’s revolutionary TransAcoustic™ piano, now located in the orchestra pit at the London Coliseum.

St John’s Smith Square appoints development manager

St John’s Smith Square has appointed Lynn Simmonds as development manager. Simmonds joins St John’s from New Philanthropy Capital, where she supported charities, including cultural organisations, to assess their impact and generate new income.

BBC Music Magazine

Rolston String Quartet takes top prize at Banff

The Rolston String Quartet has won first prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition. ‘I can’t believe it!’ viola player Hezekiah Leung said of his group’s win, ‘It has been a dream of ours even to be here’.

Radio Prague

Czech musicians bring classical music concerts to cafés

Enjoy your coffee while listening to Beethoven, have a glass of wine while listening to Mozart and quench your thirst with contemporary music and mineral water, suggests a new project that brings classical musicians to cafés all around the Czech Republic. The series of concerts, which aim at raising public interest in classical music, was launched on Friday at a café in Prague’s district of Holešovice.

The Irish Times

Opera funding seems arbitrary and unaccountable

If only common sense were not so rare. Just look at the Arts Council and the mess it has been in for years with its Festivals and Events Scheme. This scheme offers grants of up to €20,000 and supports a truly diverse selection of musical endeavours.

San Diego Reader

The feminine future of classical music

Women continue to balance the disparity in classical music leadership.

NBC DFW

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra votes to authorize a strike

Instead of striking up the band, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike. They voted Tuesday night, after rejecting the most recent offer from management over proposed pay cuts.

The Irish Times

Composers on the state of classical music in Ireland today

‘Composing the Island’ celebrates 100 years of music by Irish composers, written between 1916 and 2016. What do composers think about Irish music now?

nmz

SPD-Haushaltsexperte: Bund soll Berliner Staatsoper übernehmen

Der SPD-Haushaltsexperte Johannes Kahrs hat sich dafür ausgesprochen, dass der Bund die Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden übernimmt. „Das wäre für alle Beteiligten die sauberste, klarste und einfachste Lösung“.

Klassik heute

Bayerisches Staatsorchester und GMD Kirill Petrenko auf Europa-Tournee

Das Bayerische Staatsorchester und GMD Kirill Petrenko gehen im September 2016 auf ausgedehnte Europa-Tournee, bevor das Orchester 2017 wieder nach Japan reist und für 2018 sein Debüt in New York plant.

BR Klassik

Neuer Chef Igor Zelensky öffnet die Ballett-Türen

Negative Schlagzeilen, die seinem Amtsantritt vorausgeeilt sind, bringen Igor Zelensky scheinbar nicht aus der Ruhe, der Russe hat Großes vor – und lässt sich bei der Arbeit gerne über die Schulter schauen. Am Samstag öffnet er allen Ballettinteressierten die Türen zum Probensaal des Bayerischen Staatsballetts.

Twitter

Opera Today @operatoday New Staging of Wagner’s TRISTAN UND ISOLDE to Open the Met’s 50th Anniversary Season

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ ‘It is a piece for a better world’ – Wim Henderickx on his new work Blossomings

Hello Stage @HelloStage_ Classical Music and Digital Media? Really? Let’s discuss on Thursday with :

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Photograph: Classical Music Magazine

(Written on September 7, 2016 )

Classical Music

In our news today, one year after the death of Sandra Bland, a classical music concert pays tribute to black lives, Edward Gardner of ENO speaks about Brexit and a member of the award-winning Canadian opera group ignites controversy by holding up ‘All Lives Matter’ sign at MLB All-Star Game. Also, The JACK quartet has announced the departure of two of its founding members.

Huffington Post

Classical music concert ‘Sing Her Name’ pays tribute to black lives

July 13, 2016, will mark one year since the death of Sandra Bland. Three days after she was pulled over for forgetting a turn signal, and subsequently arrested after a confrontation ensued, Bland was found hanged in a Texas county jail cell.

The Times

Edward Gardner: out of ENO and into the fjords

Suddenly, in the exciting world of Brexit, everyone is talking about “the Norway solution”. Has Edward Gardner found it? We’re having a beer on a rare sunny day in Bergen, Norway’s second city, at a time of year when it doesn’t get dark until midnight at the earliest.

Daily Mail

Member of award-winning Canadian opera group ignites controversy by holding up ‘All Lives Matter’ sign and changing words of national anthem at MLB All-Star Game

A Canadian singer caused anger at the 87th MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday when he changed a lyric in his country’s national anthem and held up a sign proclaiming ‘All Lives Matter’ during a pregame performance.

The family with TWO child geniuses. Good genes – or a jolly pushy mum? Girl, 11, who sings opera and reads Shakespeare aims to beat her brother and be crowned the most know-it-all child in Britain

Like many parents, Hayley Elton has been inching towards the school holidays much like a desert traveller towards an oasis.

The Telegraph

An opera that springs from China but laps distant shores

Even the loveliest and most meaningful tribute may exact a significant toll, as the Chinese opera diva Qian Yi can attest.

Classical Music Magazine

JACK quartet loses two founding members

The JACK quartet has announced the departure of two of its founding members: violinist Ari Streisfeld and cellist Kevin McFarland

The Strad

Viola players must decide whether they want a bright or dark sound, say Bruno Giuranna

The renowned violist talks to Ariane Todes about his educational influences, and shares some of his guiding principles.

nmz

Beethovens 250. Geburtstag wird ein Jahr lang gefeiert

Zum 250. Geburtstag von Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) im Jahr 2020 wird es ein Jahr lang Feierlichkeiten in Deutschland und in seiner Geburtsstadt Bonn geben.

Klassik heute

Mannheimer Mozartsommer startet am 16. Juli

In wenigen Tagen ist es wieder soweit: Vom 16.-24. Juli findet in den Städten Mannheim, Schwetzingen und Speyer die sechste Ausgabe des Mannheimer Mozartsommers statt.

Klassik Open Air Nürnberg – Übertragung in Fernsehen, Hörfunk und im Stream

Das Picknick im Park mit den Nürnberger Philharmonikern und den Nürnberger Symphonikern zählt zu den größten Open-Air-Events mit klassischer Musik in Europa und wird am 24. Juli und 6. August 2016 stattfinden.

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Royal Albert Hall @RoyalAlbertHall Today marks 75y since the first very Proms concert here! Happy anniversary

Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse Pokemon at the Sydney Opera House! Hope they caught some music too… ^M

English National Opera @E_N_O Our friend & artist leads for – show your support & donate now

A demonstrator holds a Sandra Bland sign during a vigil, Tuesday evening, July 28, 2015, near the DuSable Bridge on Michigan Ave. in Chicago. Bland died in a Texas county jail after the traffic stop for failing to use a turn signal escalated into a physical confrontation. Authorities have said Bland hanged herself, a finding her family disputes. The death has garnered national attention amid increased scrutiny of police treatment of blacks in the wake of several high-profile police-involved deaths. (AP Photo/Christian K. Lee)

Photograph: AP Photo/Christian K. Lee

(Written on July 13, 2016 )

Scottish tenor Nicky Spence has enlisted some of the brightest stars from the world of opera to cycle the length of the UK, from Glasgow all the way to London. Nine opera singers will cycle over 500 miles in eight days. The team includes Ailish Tynan, Nicky Spence, Mary Bevan, Louise Alder, and many other artists from The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, The Metropolitan Opera New York and La Scala.

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Kicking off at the Scottish Opera Headquarters in Glasgow on 24th July, the tour will be celebrated with performances from some of the cyclists alongside the young people of The Scottish Opera Connect Company. Throughout the journey the cyclists will take part in a series of special events, visiting some unique musical landmarks and communities both from major cities and from further afield. The goal is to raise £25,000 in aid of Help Musicians UK, a charity that supports musicians in need.

The challenging journey will take the artists along the following routes:

24 July – Glasgow to Biggar

25 July – Biggar to Hawick

26 July – Hawick to Newcastle

27 July – Newcastle to York

28 July – York to Manchester

29 July – Manchester to Birmingham

30 July – Birmingham to Oxford

31 July – Oxford to London

(Written on June 28, 2016 )

Classical News

In our classical news today, Lawrence Power appointed artistic director of the English Chamber Orchestra charitable trust, Richard Farnes takes on Wagner’s The Ring Cycle as his final assignment with Opera North and the Arts Council England faces renewed pressure over its funding of opera. Also, Isreaeli Cellist Daniel Hass wins Stulberg International String Competition and fifty percent of the Sex Worker’s Opera are actual sex workers.

Classical Music Magazine

Lawrence Power appointed artistic director of the English Chamber Orchestra charitable trust

Lawrence Power will become artistic director of the English Chamber Orchestra charitable trust from the 2016/17 season.

BBC News

Opera North’s Richard Farnes departs with The Ring

There can be few more challenging tasks as a conductor than taking on the whole of Wagner’s The Ring Cycle – but that is the one that has been handed to Richard Farnes for his final assignment at Opera North.

Mirror

Meet the stars of the Sex Worker’s Opera which features REAL working prostitutes

Fifty percent of the cast are made up of actual sex workers while the other half are friends of sex workers who are hoping to dissolve the stigma attached to the industry.

The Stage

Equity to ramp up pressure on opera funding in wake of ENO furore

Arts Council England is to face renewed pressure over its funding of opera, after performers called for increased efforts to protect the genre’s subsidy. The call, at Equity’s Annual Representative Conference, comes in the wake of the dispute at English National Opera, where earlier this year chorus members threatened to strike over cuts to their contracts, enacted by ENO management in response to a £5 million drop in subsidy from ACE.

The Strad

Cellist Daniel Hass wins Stulberg International String Competition

Israeli cellist Daniel Hass has won the 2016 Stulberg International String Competition in Kalamazoo, MI, US. The 18-year-old, who currently studies with Joel Krosnick at the Juilliard School, received the gold medal, $6,000 and engagements with orchestras across America.

Classical Music Magazine

Applications open for Psappha’s Composing for Piano scheme

Composers are invited to submit their applications for Psappha’s Composing for Piano scheme. The programme is open to UK-based composers who have completed their first degree and/or left higher education within the last three years.

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Spanish Early Music Association Honours Jaap Schröder

Spanish Association of Early Music Groups (GEMA) announced the second edition of their Awards.

BR Klassik

Gotthold Schwarz wird Thomaskantor

Mehr als ein Jahr wurde gesucht, jetzt steht Gotthold Schwarz als neuer Thomaskantor fest: Schwarz hat den Thomanerchor bereits seit 2015 kommissarisch geleitet.

Musik heute

Bregenzer Festspiele: Drei Viertel der Karten bereits weg

Gut zwei Monate vor dem Start der Bregenzer Festspiele sind schon die meisten Tickets verkauft.

klassik.com

Milena Wilke gewinnt den Violinwettbewerb Ton und Erklärung

Die deutsche Geigerin Milena Wilke hat den ersten Preis des Violinwettbewerbs “Ton und Erklärung” gewonnen. Der erste Preis ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert.

Twitter

NightingaleHammerson @NGHHammerson #celebratingartincarehomes introduction from Alastair and Chris having a great day

Opera North @Opera_North Beginning again… cycle 2 kicks off tonight with Das Rheingold!

Top Classical News @topcmnews Barihunk Benjamin Appl signs with Sony Classical

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Photograph: Clive Barda

(Written on May 24, 2016 )